Friday 20th October, 2017
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Expert cautions against newly discovered malaria vaccine

Expert cautions against newly discovered malaria vaccine

As the world bask in the euphoria of the new­ly discovered malaria vaccine by German research­ers, a top Nigeria Entomolo­gist and Coordinator, Malaria Research Programme, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, (NIMR), Dr. Samuel Awolola, has cautioned Nigerians not to be carried away by the result of the clinical trials, insisting that there is no effective malaria vaccine yet.
It would be recalled that last weekend, researchers at the University of Tübingen in collaboration with the biotech company, Sanaria Incorporated announced that they have dis­covered an effective vaccine that offers up to 100 per cent protection from malaria.
But the Nigerian malaria Researcher disagreed with the claim, saying it is not time to conclude that the vaccine is ef­fective as many of such have been announced in the past.
“It is all the same story. After sometime, you will hear what will happen. We do not have ef­fective malaria and registered malaria vaccine at the moment. What they give in the USA that people think is vaccine is pro­phylaxis that will protect peo­ple when they come to ma­laria endemic countries. That will only prevent malaria for a while.
“There are several malar­ia trials going on across the globe. We do not have any ma­laria vaccine recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“There are some that are giv­ing promising results and this is one of them. These vaccine tri­als most times give 100 per cent result at first, but after some time they will come down.
“Based on our experience in the field, these multi bil­lion naira companies from the United Kingdom (UK), will come and say they have a vac­cine; just give it three months, it will come down to 70 per cent. In another six months, it will come down to 30 per cent. It is still far from uhuru,” Awolo­la stated.

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